Meet Naomi Aberly, the Dallas Woman Who's Raised $1 Million For Obama

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Uber-Republican billionaire Harold Simmons is Dallas' biggest player in the presidential money game, having pledged to pump $36 million into the election by November. But Dallas has a well-heeled partisan on the other side of the aisle in Naomi Aberly, and she's doing her part to make this the most expensive presidential contest in history, by far.

Aberly, who is married to hedge fund manager Larry Lebowitz, is a known quantity in Democratic circles. She has given lots of time and money to groups like Planned Parenthood, serving as board chair of the North Texas chapter, and Annie's List, which supports (left-leaning) women candidates seeking public office in the state. She's donated widely to Democratic candidates and causes.

In the lead-up to the 2008 election, she began serving as a bundler for Obama, one of the people who gather checks from their friends and acquaintances before handing them to the campaign in a large, neat package. She raised, according the New York Times, on the order of $400,000.

That was then, before the Democrats became seriuosly outgunned by deep-pocketed Republican Super PACs, and this is now. According to the Times, Aberly has raised $1.14 million for Obama's 2012 campaign, roughly three times what she pulled in in 2008. That puts her well behind author Andrew Tobias, who has pulled in $4.08 million and Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who's brought in $2.68 million, and 34 others. But a million plus is nothing to sneeze at.

Nor has Aberly's largesse gone unnoticed. In 2011, she and her husband attended a state dinner at the White House. She can expect more of those if he wins in November.

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41 comments
James080
James080

Wow, a million dollars. That should be worth an ambassadorship somewhere in Africa, a no-work job for her kid at the GSA, or maybe just a personalized tax loop-hole for her husband's hedge fund.

loxas1
loxas1

Naomi, please take your leftist libtard hypocritical azz back to san fagcisco...

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

why are jews so strongly behind the president that clearly hates Israel.  is it part of their "victim" mentality to snuggle up to minority candidates....seems american jews have more money than principles.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

It's their money and can support whoever they like; it's just amusing that hubby is a "hedge fund manger"      

liberalsareracist
liberalsareracist

So hedge fund managers are ok in the eyes of leftist occupy activists as long as they use the correct handshake?

9RaSun
9RaSun

@1SunRising Texas has $$$ duke! Clinton's biggest supporter when he was running for pres was A few privately owned Texas prisons

PaulG
PaulG

If you don't like the article, don't read it. That simple.

liberalsaresonaive
liberalsaresonaive

Articles like these are perfect examples of how much the Dallas Observer sucks now. Do yall get payola from the DNC?

liberalsaresonaive
liberalsaresonaive

Who gives a shit, seriously? Slow news day, Eric? No UT campuses being completely evacuated because of terrorist threats?

bondsman
bondsman

Like Christians many are "Name Only" Christians or Jews and could actually care less. You may see them in church or synagogue but strictly as social events.

In this case it is obvious Naomi is the typical "Kill the Babies but save the whales" type leftist.

Who knows maybe the next Monica! as far as Israel goes she says "Who"?

Communist, Leftist, Socialist, Todays Democratic party, Progressives or whatever they call themselves today typically have No Morals, Ethics or Loyalty.

 

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @rufuslevin Ehud Barak says Obama has given unprecedented aid, and been the best friend Israel has ever had.  You should perhaps reconsider the flawed, agenda driven news sources that have polluted your mind and understanding of the issues.

icowrich
icowrich

 @liberalsareracist I think hedge funds managers are okay in the eyes of leftists as long as they are willing to pay the same or higher proportion in taxes as the middle class.  It seems he qualifies.

liberalsaresonaive
liberalsaresonaive

@PaulG I'm free to read it and criticize it all I want. It is blatant, shameless shilling for the DNC, just like almost every other Observer article.

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

 @liberalsaresonaive

Over-analyze much? Did mean ole' Eric hurt your widdle biddy feewings? Lookee here, liberals raise money for Dems and conservatives raise money for Repubs. What part of that escapes you? Quit acting like a narrow minded whiny little titty-baby.

 

Yours truly, a fairly conservative middle age white male.

Bremarks
Bremarks

 @liberalsaresonaive

 DId you ever stop to think that maybe Eric was covering the big money from the Democratic side so that you would'nt scream bloody murder about how he's only covering big money from the Republican side and where's the "fair and balanced" shit?

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@liberalsaresonaive You can Twitter comments most cable tv "news shows."

bondsman
bondsman

Obviously you did not see Netanyahu on Meet the Press sunday or any of the 100's of replays! Wake Up!!

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

 @scottindallas  @rufuslevin you should reconsider Ehud Barak's connection with the Israeli population as he is vastly disfavored, as is the Labor party.  You probably are a Barbara Boxter fan too.  My mind is clear and unpolluted, and I read multiple Middle Eastern news sources. But, as a denison primarily of the worldly Dallas Observer, you would expect me to bow down to your vastly more cosmopolitan and experienced education in such matter, no doubt.

 

  Tichleh Shanah V'kil'loteha.

baduserexperience
baduserexperience

 @icowrich  @liberalsareracist Campaign contributions are not taxes. Lebowitz's hedge fund calls itself "the investment fund for foundations." It pursues investments on behalf of "non-profits." Seems to me such organizations stand to benefit from any redistribution of wealth.

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @liberalsaresonaive  @PaulG The MSM isn't left.  They're stenographers.  They cozy up to admins for access.  Neither party really differ about much, mostly optics and their sales pitch.  You've bought into this false divide far too much.  Remember that Obamacare was a Heritage Foundation proposal.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@liberalsaresonaive The Observer is a leftist alt-weekly, so when the left is in power, they become agents of the state, the "Establishment". They make no claim to unbiased reporting, that's not their position. The national MSM, that's another story, and one reason journalists today have so little respect in America.

liberalsaresonaive
liberalsaresonaive

@Bremarks Absolutely not, because that is not what goes on here. The Observer's "journalists" are just a bunch of transparent DNC activists and they should probably be made to register as a Political Action Committee, and not a real "newspaper" that employs actual "reporters".

scottindallas
scottindallas topcommenter

 @Sotiredofitall  @ObserverHatesFacts  @icowrich  @liberalsareracist sure he does.  That's why we need very progressive rates, to achieve some progressivity in the tax code; as the income tax is the ONLY progressive tax in our quiver.  Though I support far higher tax rates, I don't expect effective rates to change all that much.

rufuslevin
rufuslevin

 @scottindallas  @liberalsaresonaive  @PaulG

the Justice Department cited Heritage as an authority in support of its position. Heritage responded with an amicus brief explaining that its view had changed: If citations to policy papers were subject to the same rules as legal citations, then the Heritage position quoted by the Department of Justice would have a red flag indicating it had been reversed. . . . Heritage has stopped supporting any insurance mandate. Heritage policy experts never supported an unqualified mandate like that in the PPACA [ObamaCare]. Their prior support for a qualified mandate was limited to catastrophic coverage (true insurance that is precisely what the PPACA forbids), coupled with tax relief for all families and other reforms that are conspicuously absent from the PPACA. Since then, a growing body of research has provided a strong basis to conclude that any government insurance mandate is not only unnecessary, but is a bad policy option. Moreover, Heritage's legal scholars have been consistent in explaining that the type of mandate in the PPACA is unconstitutional.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@liberalsaresonaive Dude, they're liberals. Who are they supposed to shill for but the liberal democrat party? They have no choice, Fidel's not running.

albert.finney000
albert.finney000

@liberalsaresonaive I'd they have to register, so does the New York Times.

primi_timpano
primi_timpano topcommenter

@liberalsaresonaive Well . . .So the staff are activists and uniformly Democtratic Party activists. And "they" should register as a PAC, I guess to have a fancier way to spend the salaries contributed to Democratic Party campaigns. Plus neither the DO is a newspaper nor the reporters authentic reporters, a confusing thought as I cannot discern whether the faux reporters fauxed the DO or vice versa. I guess some readers will be persuaded by these statements but please do not be surprised if others fail to find much clarity in the statements, as they may be grappling with the writing and unable to make any sense of the "message.". I imagine they too are wondering whether the writing is spoiling the message or if message is just in amenable to a lucid presentation.

Bremarks
Bremarks

 @liberalsaresonaive  @Bremarks

 I'm sure nobody's listening.  I'm responding to a direct statement to me, not Eric.  In case you are confused about how this works.  I'm signing off now, because you definitely aren't worth the extra effort required.

liberalsaresonaive
liberalsaresonaive

@Bremarks If "nobody's listening", then why are you responding to me? LOL I have "no credibility"... Just like Eric Nicholson.

Bremarks
Bremarks

 @liberalsaresonaive  @Bremarks

 To that I'll just say Really?  Really?  You have no credibility.  You may not consider the Observer a "real newspaper" but that doesn't mean its not one.  Rant away, but know you are nothing more than the preverbial tree falling very deeply in the forest to which nobody's listening.

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